Tomorrow: Tell ANC 3D That New Mexico Avenue NW Needs Bike Lanes

A rendering of the “climbing lanes” on New Mexico Avenue NW in front of Sutton Place apartments. The 5-foot bike lanes would allow bicyclists to climb the hill while cars can safely pass.

In 2011, Ward 3 residents lost the opportunity to have safe and convenient bike lanes on New Mexico Ave NW in 2011 because ANC 3D voted unanimously against them. You have been given a second chance.

DDOT has been working with commissioners and residents from ANC 3D for the past two months on one mile of proposed bike lanes on New Mexico Ave NW and Tunlaw Rd NW. The bike lanes would extend from Nebraska Avenue NW to 39th Street NW. Throughout the process, DDOT has been very helpful and accommodated the concerns of citizens, changing the design to address many of the issues expressed. The current design reflects a careful balance that recognizes the needs of ALL roadway users.

For the steepest (and narrowest) section of New Mexico Avenue, only an uphill “climbing lane” will be delineated; sharrows (shared-lane markings) will mark the downhill travel lane. The climbing lane will help car traffic flow smoothly around slow-moving bicyclists as they climb the hill. The bike lane will provide a comfortable place for bicyclists to ride on the road, rather than the sidewalks, providing a better and safer pedestrian experience.

Local commissioners from ANC 3D will vote on the New Mexico Avenue NW bike lane at this month’s meeting on Wed., July 10th. That’s tomorrow! Your attendance and voice of support is needed!

ANC Meeting Details
Wed., July 10th, 2013
7-10 p.m. (vote is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.)
American University, School of International Service, Founders Room
Google Bicycle Directions –
View the agenda here

If you cannot attend Wednesday night’s meeting, please consider contacting the commissioners to express your support of the bike lanes. You can find all of the ANC commissioners’ contact information online here: We will send an update after Wednesday night’s meeting and vote.

Let’s not wait another three years for safe bicycling conditions in Ward 3!